The new site has been running for a few weeks now, and feedback has been good about the core concept and functionality.
Some users rightly pointed out that the design was too close to that used for official government services, and despite the disclaimers dotted around the site, was liable to cause confusion and mislead people.
This was certainly not my intention - rather I wanted to provide a seamless experience when navigating between different resources - but I can see that it was a little too close for comfort.
I’ve therefore stripped back some of the styling to keep things simple while also remaining distinct from the GOV.UK brand. At some point I might do a more comprehensive redesign, but for now I’m focusing on the content and functionality.
Speaking of which, the new funding assessment tool is developing well. I’ve now mapped out the majority of funding scenarios for ESFA and WECA - although the essential digital skills and new national skills fund are still missing.
I’ve also introduced a guidance section where I plan to offer simple and straightforward answers to common questions. If you’d like to contribute an article, please get in touch! I’m only one person, and a site like this will benefit if more people are involved.
I think that’s all the news that’s fit to report - hope you have a great day :)